ATLANTA, Ga. – No. 25 Florida State (21-15, 15-12) dropped the series finale Sunday at Georgia Tech (19-16, 15-12), falling to the Yellow Jackets 9-8 at Mac Nease Ballpark. Mat Nelson hit his 18th home run, the most in the country, before exiting the game in the sixth inning.
Earlier Sunday, the Seminoles secured the series win in a completed game from Saturday night. Florida State has won three of four road series this season.
Nander De Sedas and Elijah Cabell also hit home runs for the Seminoles. FSU led 5-0 after the first inning, but a six-run fifth inning from Georgia Tech helped the Jackets avoid the series sweep.
Tyler Martin reached base four times without a hit – a career-high three walks and a hit by pitch. He is reaching base at a .488 clip this season.
Nelson hit his third home run of the weekend in the first inning, pushing his season total to 18, the most in the country. Nelson’s two-run home run also gives him 54 runs batted in, the most in the ACC, and scored Martin, who led off the game with a walk.
Four batters later, De Sedas hit his sixth home run of the year, a three-run blast that scored Davis Hare and Wyatt Crowell for a 5-0 Seminole lead. De Sedas has a home run in four consecutive ACC series.
Both starting pitchers threw only 1.0 innings Sunday. Sam Crawford allowed all five runs in the first inning on three hits and three walks. Conor Grady was perfect in the first inning but allowed two hits and three walks without an out as the Yellow Jackets scored three runs in the second inning to cut into FSU’s lead.
Hunter Perdue relieved Grady and did not allow a hit for 3.0 innings, setting a career high for innings pitched. The junior struck out one and allowed just two baserunners – a hit batter that was erased on a double play and a walk that was erased on Nelson’s 11th caught stealing of the year.
Georgia Tech started the fifth inning with five consecutive hits, the last four against Tyler Ahearn (0-1). Tech took a 9-5 lead in the inning before FSU clawed back late with Cabell’s ninth home run of the year that made it 9-6. After three walks, FSU scored on a wild pitch but left two runners on in the seventh inning.
In the ninth, Robby Martin singled and Cabell drew a walk before De Sedas singled off the pitcher’s leg to make it a 9-8 game. Jackson Greene grounded into a double play to end the game.
Zach Maxwell (2-1) earned the win, allowing two runs (one earned) in 2.2 relief innings. Luke Bartnicki recorded seven outs for his fifth save of the year.
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